Once black America gets beyond bragging rights, what difference have presidential and congressional politics made lately? What, if anything is likely to change when Democrats or Republicans win or lose Congress and/or the White House in 2012? Can we really say that who wins or loses this election will really change how and how well we live? The honest answer is probably not.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans will do anything to stop the nationwide wave of foreclosures that have cut the average net worth of black families in half the last four years? Neither Democrats nor Republicans want to prosecute the Wall Street criminals who crashed the housing market and walked away with a fifth or more of all the nation's $401K savings in the last few years. Democrats and Republicans agree that US citizens, and citizens of anyplace else can pretty much be kidnapped, tortured, imprisoned for life or killed without being convicted, or even charged with anything in particular. Neither of the two parties will wind down the oil and resource wars the US is waging from Afghanistan and Yemen to Somalia and the Congo, bring the troops home from 140 foreign countries and spend that money on schools, libraries, transit, job creation and neighborhoods near you. Both parties agree on the runaway privatizations of roads, schools, the post office, public utilities and broadcast frequencies. Neither cares about urban gentrification, the loss of black-owned farmland, or mass incarceration. Both agree on laying off public school teachers an d letting corporate criminals who poison our rivers, our air, our people and environment, and neither intends to protect and expand social security.
I don't think it does, I don't the it has any meaning for Black America.
I think it could.
Like in "The Bad Seed" where the mother's willing to take the blame with Rhoda, where she's willing to say, "This happened because of my own foolishness so I will take the punishment."
So we could take the attitude, as a commmunity, that he's done nothing but hurt us so we will be the ones responsible for ensuring he gets less and less votes by, community-wide, refusing to support him.
That would be such a powerful message. But we don't have the guts to do it.
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